In any room with anyone, any group, or alone – what are we afraid to talk about, reluctant to discuss or embarrassed to explain?
What am I afraid of?
We’ve all know this phrase, understood it’s meaning, yet avoid ‘the elephant in the room’ …
I used to avoid dating anyone who worked in dentistry – embarrassed to reveal years of dental neglect. Now, with my great smile (my denturist is an artiste) I still don’t date women who work in or around dentistry. My smile has much improved, yet my elephant has not left the room.
I don’t date fitness fans – not because I don’t like being around fit healthy women. But my reality, condition of this once-athletic body is sagging, overweight and out of shape. I’ve been avoiding that elephant too.
I don’t date accountants – not because those bean-counters can’t be fetching in horn-rimmed glasses, cardigans and sensible shoes, but because I’m embarrassed by the tardiness of my own accounting and tax filings. Those ‘boxes’ in the next room may as well be elephants.
I don’t date writers – not because I don’t admire writers and respect their art, their passion, their angst … I do, and I share so much in common with them. Yes, I’m not published (yes, I will FINISH my book), and I’m uncomfortable being among others who are published, accomplished and successful at their writing far beyond my meager beginnings. But this elephant I’m going to ride. I’m going to do more than seek out writers to meet, date or commiserate with …
I’m checking recipes – looking for one to boil-down elephant chunks, humble pie and tax season.
Mark, Thanks for signing me up! I’m interested in your stuff as a fellow writer. Although I’m not as prolific as you, like George I do muse from time to time with short pieces about my Bucket List Adventures on Facebook, and less frequently on my own blog www.mikesmeanderings.com What to write about is a constant background noise in my head, but it has to get quite loud before I put pen to paper. Good to connect with you. I’m sure I’ll find lots of fodder in your articles. Cheers, MO, Calgary, AB